Celebrity Home Libraries (page 3)


The library in the $150 million house built by TV producer Aaron Spelling. A cavernously-large library not overly-endowed with actual book storage space, but nonetheless an impressive room.


House Beautiful: Storage; Gropp

The library in the home of Nancy Lancaster, the late, legendary English country house interior designer. The library was created from an orangery, an outbuilding next to the coach house in which she lived during her last years. Her many books were housed in this stylish, yet comparatively modest space. Note the use of the tops of the bookcases to display sculpture, pottery and art. This is a well-known room to most interior designers.


Living with Books; Powers

The workroom of the 19th-century German composer Johannes Brahms. Books and sheet music dominate the simple, almost modern shelves that are placed across an unneeded doorway.



A construction drawing of the library at Bonnie View, a castle-like house in Riverside County, California. The house is located on the grounds of the headquarters of the Church of Scientology, and was built at a cost of $9.4 million to house L. Ron Hubbard upon his return from the afterlife. Non-Scientology people are not allowed near the building, so no photographs have been made public.


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Mark Twain's library/living room in Hartford, Connecticut. The author, aka Samuel Clemens, lived in the 19-room, Victorian-Gothic Revival-style mansion from 1874, when he had it built by architect Edward Tuckerman Potter, until 1891. The decoration of the house was directed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the library contains hand-stenciled paneling, fireplaces from India and an enormous hard-carved wood mantel that the Twain family bought while traveling in Scotland. The room opens onto a conservatory.



The library at Cole Porter’s Waldorf Towers apartment in New York City. The watercolor was painted by Mark Hampton. The room was designed by Billy Baldwin (the legendary decorator who also said “The best decoration in the world is a roomful of books”). Baldwin also designed the famous brass bookcases for him (and used them in his own apartment, too). Porter lived in this 6,000 square-foot apartment from 1934 to his death in 1964, and wrote much of his most well-known music there.


Architectural Digest (April 2004)

The library at tobacco heiress Doris Duke’s New Jersey estate. The room looks to be made of knotty pine and the painting over the mantle is Eugene Boudin’s Le Havre, Bassin de l’Eure (1881). The celestial globe is from the Regency period and the carpet is an early 19th-century English needlepoint rug. Most of the books were auctioned in 2009, and the listing included books from the 18th-20th centuries, “approximately 2,000 volumes, primarily hard cover, assorted authors and title, some leather bound bindings, including: Native American studies; Asian art references; Eugene Sue's Works; Messages and Papers of the Presidents; The Works of Tennyson; History of India; Wraxall's Memoirs, etc.”